Eric Holdeman

Center for Regional Disaster Resilience




Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. He also previously served as the Director of Security for the Port of Tacoma. Today he is the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is connecting the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally. A current project is engaging all areas of the maritime enterprise to become involved in post-earthquake transportation planning, which the maritime sector is uniquely positioned to do.

He is a prolific writer authoring numerous articles for professional journals and opinion pieces for local, regional and national newspapers including the Washington Post. He is a contributing writer and Senior Fellow for Emergency Management Magazine. Additionally, he is a regular columnist for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). An experienced and accomplished public speaker he is sought after to present at national and regional conferences. Eric has the United States’ most popular blog on the topics of emergency management and homeland security at and he also has weekly Disaster Zone Podcast

You can find more information about him and his writings at his personal website,